Whether you're vegan for ethical reasons, for personal preference, or for the sake of your health, most of us who follow plant-based diets can agree that fast-casual dining isn't always easy when you're avoiding both animals and animal byproducts. However, there are a few chains that make plant-based options, including Taco Bell, Olive Garden, and even Noodles & Company.
Noodles & Company, which specializes noodles, pasta, zoodles, and caulifloodles (yes, caulifloodles actually exist!), reached out to Green Matters with a few of the restaurant's most popular vegan offerings. Prepare for a seriously delicious, customizable, and vegan pasta feast at Noodles & Company — the options are truly endless.
Japanese Pan Noodles
Those looking to quite literally eat the rainbow should opt for Japanese Pan Noodles, which is comprised udon noodles cooked in a sweet soy sauce with seasoned tofu, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, black sesame seeds, and cilantro. It's a hearty meal for chilly nights, that will definitely help you meet your daily vegetable goal.
Spicy Peanut Sauté
Noodles & Company's Spicy Peanut Sauté is comprised of rice noodles that are simmered in a spicy, peanut-flavored sauce with broccoli, carrots, snap peas and cabbage. All of that is topped with peanuts, black sesame seeds, and cilantro, making for a seriously unique and flavorful bowl.
Penne Rosa without cream and cheese
Non-vegan Penne Rosa is naturally vegetarian, consisting of penne noodles cooked in spicy tomato cream sauce, mushrooms, Roma tomatoes, spinach, and Parmesan. But for a completely plant-based version of the iconic dish, customers can simply ask for no cream or Parm. It's that simple, and trust us — your cashier will completely understand.
Cauliflower rigatoni fresca without Parmesan or shrimp
Noodles & Company's Cauliflower Rigatoni Fresca mixes cauliflower-infused rigatoni with balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil, roasted garlic, red onion, tomato and spinach. To ensure yours is actually vegan, just remember to ask for no shrimp or Parmesan, as that's what it generally comes with.
Spicy Korean beef noodles without the beef & replacing ramen with udon noodles
A shockingly tasty Noodles & Company vegan order is Spicy Korean beef noodles without the beef, and swap ramen with udon noodles. In addition to the udon, it comes with a sweet and spicy Korean-style Gochujang BBQ sauce, spinach, napa and red cabbage, cucumber, green onions, and cilantro. It's to die for.
Spaghetti & meatballs without cheese and meatballs
For a nostalgic bite, opt for Spaghetti & Meatballs, without cheese and meatballs... so it's basically pasta with crushed tomato marinara sauce, but TBH, we aren't mad about it in the slightest.
Grilled orange chicken lo mein without chicken
If you order Grilled orange chicken lo mein without chicken, you'll get Asian-style noodles that are sautéed in orange sauce with snap peas, napa and red cabbage, green onions, black sesame seeds, and cilantro. What more could one want?
There are so many ways to eat vegan at Noodles & Company for a convenient and tasty bite... now excuse us — we have some slurping to do.